OKLAHOMA CITY — Valerie Morrison flips through one of her son’s favorite childhood books in her Norman driveway, reminiscing about his youth.
But now she’s selling it, along with so many other personal items, at a garage sale.
She’s letting go of his past in order to help his future.
All because of what happened ten years ago, when Valerie’s son, Kyle, broke his neck during a bike accident at the age of 16.
“I ran over to him,” she remembers. “He never lost consciousness and the first thing he said was ‘I’m sorry Momma’ and I said it’s ok. It’s gonna be ok.”
Kyle was paralyzed from the chest down.
His plans of playing linebacker for Putnam City North High School and joining the military would have to change.
“Kyle is an incredible person,” Valerie Morrison said. “He’s not once felt sorry for himself. He just sucks it up and does what he can do.”
What he has done is earn three degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
Now he wants to help the military by being a counter-insurgency specialist.
But last August, Kyle’s handicapped-accessible van suffered a mechanical fault on I-35, which pulled him into a concrete barrier.
The van was totaled and the family couldn’t afford a new one, leaving Kyle homebound, unable to pursue his goals.
Valerie’s goal is to raise $41,500 for a new van.
Saturday, her garage sale netted $184.
There’s a long way to go, but Kyle has come too far to stop now.
“He’s an inspiration to me,” Morrison said, “and if you would’ve asked before he got hurt how I would imagine he would be, I probably couldn’t have answered that question.
“I’m truly honored to be his mother.”
Sunday, Kyle was on his way to Washington D.C. to represent the Oklahoma Spinal Cord Association while meeting with lawmakers.
Donations to help him buy a vehicle can be made to any Bank of Oklahoma in the “Van for Kyle Morrison” account.